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Andrew Kennis
Lives in Mexico City, DF
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Andrew Kennis: an academic researcher, international journalist & higher education pedagogue ...

Andrew Kennis is an international journalist, a higher education pedagogue and an academic researcher specializing in Global Media, Political Communication, Digital Journalism Studies, Political Economy and International Communications.

Dr. Kennis was recently appointed as a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Universidad Iberamericana (Ibero) after having taught at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). At Ibero, he will teach several courses, including a graduate seminar analyzing the global news media. Previously, Dr. Kennis served as an Assistant Professor at the University of Texas, El Paso (UTEP), where he undertook research on and taught courses in journalism studies and practice, global media and the drug war. While publishing peer-reviewed, scholarly research and completing grant-funded studies, Dr. Kennis still continues to practice journalism from many corners of the globe.

As a researcher, Dr. Kennis has investigated, written and published in peer review journals ranging across three different disciplines (communications, political science and technology studies), including several single-author publications, as well as co-authored works. He is also involved with several book-length projects, one of which he recently proposed to leading University and trade-press publications. He has won top conference paper awards and presented his work in both the United States and abroad (London, Tokyo, Vancouver and Mexico City).

University-level courses Dr. Kennis has designed and taught have included "Investigative and Public Affairs Reporting," "Multimedia Writing," "Digital Media and Globalization," “Global Media, Money and Power," "Media and the Drug War," "Media and Democracy," “Politics and the Media,” and a number of other classes and materials in political science and society & technology studies.

As a journalist, Dr. Kennis has practiced online-based / convergence reporting, investigative and print reporting, citizen journalism, and online-based and traditional radio throughout the last fifteen years. He has practiced professional journalism from locations based in four continents and over twenty countries across the globe, including on-the-scene reporting from the El Paso / Ciudad Juarez border corridor, Brazil, Colombia, Israel and the Occupied Territories, Japan, Venezuela, Taiwan, Guatemala, Quebec and Mexico City. 

Dr. Kennis has served as the border correspondent for teleSUR's English division and published in a variety of news sources, including The Guardian, VICE, The Christian Science Monitor, Al Jazeera English, Proceso (Mexico), Time Out, emeequis (Mexico) and many other outlets ranging from daily newspapers and newsweeklies to monthly periodicals based both in the States and abroad. His work has garnered him interviews on both live national television (RT) and national public radio (NPR).

Before arriving at UTEP, Dr. Kennis had taught at Northwestern University, the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City, Cal State University and at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Dr. Kennis received his doctoral degree from the Institute of Communications Research at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). His dissertation posited a critical model of global news analysis entitled, "The Media Dependence Model: An analysis of the performance and structure of U.S. & Global News." Internationally renown scholars, such as Noam Chomsky and John Nerone, comprised his dissertation committee.

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Mexico City, DF
El Paso, TX - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - Buenos Aires, Argentina - Chicago, IL - San Francisco, CA - New York City, NY - Washington, D.C. - Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico
Assistant Professor of Multimedia Journalism; International Investigative Journalist